General Politics

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion.  Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, […]

Tate resolution urges DOJ to investigate 11 Michigan GOP lawmakers for seditious conspiracy

BY: - July 21, 2022

Updated 3:16 p.m., 7/22/2022 with comment from Rep. Paquette A House resolution introduced by state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) on Wednesday calls for 11 of his Republican colleagues to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the crime of seditious conspiracy. State Reps. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), John Reilly (R-Oakland), Julie […]

GOP candidates for Michigan governor spar in fiery pre-primary debate

BY: - July 21, 2022

In the seventh GOP gubernatorial debate Wednesday, the five candidates seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November turned up the heat and turned to personal attacks. The debate, organized in part by the Michigan Republican Party, was held at Oakland University in Rochester just 13 days before voters head to the polls for […]

EPA issues waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices.  In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will […]

Mark Totten wins confirmation as U.S. attorney for Western Michigan

BY: - April 28, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s chief legal counsel has been confirmed to serve as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan.   Mark A. Totten, who has served as Whitmer’s top lawyer since 2019, was nominated by President Joe Biden in November, although his U.S. Senate confirmation on Wednesday had been delayed since February by U.S. […]

White nationalism resurgence continues to shift and shape Michigan, U.S. politics

BY: - April 13, 2022

Before that fateful day in spring 2020, Michigan Sen. Erika Geiss felt safe in Lansing. “Even on [annual] open carry day,” Geiss (D-Taylor) said. “I didn’t feel there was an active existential threat to my existence.” As a Black lawmaker from a Southeast Michigan district populated by plenty of hunters, the only real pang of […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Republicans said KBJ was soft on pedophiles. But they have a Michigan problem.

BY: - April 11, 2022

If you sat through the excruciating Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, it was clear just how exceptional the first Black female justice in history had to be just to get there. Just compare Jackson’s composure and legal analysis in hearings to Brett Kavanagh, who was credibly accused of sexual assault (which naturally […]

Craig, Rinke take swipes at Whitmer’s business approach

BY: - March 4, 2022

Two GOP candidates running for the governor’s office in 2022 have set their sights on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s approaches to economic development, mainly criticizing the Democratic incumbent that whoever wins the Republican primary is likely to run against in November. Former Detroit police chief James Craig and Bloomfield Township businessman Kevin Rinke both gave speeches […]

Local libraries are being targeted by ‘1st amendment auditors’, book challenges

BY: - March 1, 2022

There’s been a rise of “First Amendment auditors” visiting public libraries across the country and in Michigan over the last year, testing to see if they’re allowed to film inside the library. Under First Amendment “audits,” when individuals go to public spaces, like police stations, city halls and libraries, to seek out First Amendment violations, […]

Michigan Republicans at CPAC criticize Biden, Whitmer

BY: - February 28, 2022

A few Michigan Republicans took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida over the weekend, including gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and congressional candidate John James. Dixon took jabs at Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying she “needs to be defeated.” “She […]

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

BY: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]

Dem leaders plan to investigate state ties to attack on U.S. Capitol

BY: - June 11, 2021

House and Senate Democratic leaders are calling for an investigation into Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol.  On Thursday, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) called on other members in the Legislature to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the full extent […]